Mate’s Blog: Leader’s Back to Sea
Trinity’s crew have finished their first sail of the 2015 season taking a boat full of guests on a weekend trip around the Devon coastline. By all accounts, a great time was had and Leader is now out with a sail training group until Friday.
Leader’s new mate, Stan, is sharing how things are going for him, and his team, throughout the season and here’s how the first few days have been:
“We’re finally back to sea! On Good Friday Leader rounded Brixham’s breakwater for the first time since November last year for her first trip of the season — a three day Easter cruise.
“Day one saw gusty conditions, averaging around force six. After briefings the crew helped us reef down our main sail and hoist our number two jib in stops. Even with this conservative sail plan we were flying up the coast and bearing away out of Torbay, before gybing, and heading back in to anchor just outside Torquay in very flat but windy conditions.
“The breeze moderated overnight and, after some careful prep the next morning, we hoisted the anchor under sail and headed west past Berry Head. We thundered on round under number two jib, staysail, reefed main and reefed mizzen. The wind eased over lunch and, after another slick gybe, we headed into the River Dart.
“We kept the sails up in the fluky winds past Kingswear, dodging gig racers. We carried on up a couple of miles to the riverside village of Dittisham where our now well-drilled guests quickly dropped the entire rig as we slowly cruised back downstream to Dartmouth.
“After a quick run ashore for showers, our cook Anne served an amazing dinner of roast pork belly followed by a huge Easter egg birthday cake for one of our guests. After Happy Birthday was sung, our Bosun, Martin, carried on with a few shanties before we all headed out to sample some of Dartmouth’s watering holes.
“Sunday was the last day of this short voyage and, after a very welcome eggs benedict before (thanks Anne!), we made our way back to Brixham past Man Sands and St Mary’s beach.
“The last couple of days have been an amazing start to the season, thanks to all our guests for a brilliant trip. We would love to have you back on board again!”